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    I found this list of questions last year while I was preparing for my interview...while I know they are still a ways off right now I figure you will all find em useful...good luck on your interviews everyone and if there is a question you want to add just post it and ill stick it up top!!!!

    (Questions complied by cartonofmilk from BD www.bigdaikon.com)

    1)Who is the Prime Minister?
    2)What are the main islands of Japan?
    3)What is the Emperor’s name?
    4)How will you present America to the Japanese?
    5)What is the population of Japan?
    6)Who is the current governing party of Japan?
    7)Have you ever used drugs?
    8)What is your opinion on physical punishment in schools?
    9)What are your attitudes towards discipline?
    10)Why Japan?
    11)What would you do if one of the students were disrupting class?
    12)How would you react to coworkers asking personal questions?
    13)What would you do if your boss wanted you to go out drinking but you already had plans?
    14)What would you do if the teacher left you alone in the classroom?
    15)What aspects of American culture would you like to share?
    16)What do you do if the teacher makes an obvious English mistake?
    17)How do you think education will differ in Japan?
    18)What kind of negative experiences did you anticipate encountering and how would you deal with them?
    19)What makes you special; why should we hire you?
    20)Present a sample lesson plan.
    21)What would you do if school wanted you to cancel your weekend plans for a school activity?
    22)Please introduce yourself nihongo de.
    23)What would you do if your students were sleeping or reading manga in class?
    24)Whose face is on the $10 bill?
    25)If you only had a dictionary as a textbook, how would you teach English?
    26)What is something that you have created?
    27)There can be rancor[bad feelings] between American and non-American JETs[this was pre 9-11], so how will you deal with it?
    28)How would you respond to a Japanese teacher who is teaching profoundly incorrect English to their students in your presence?
    29)What would you do if you had a disagreement in a bar?
    30)Have you ever been in a fight?
    31)Do you consider yourself a violent person?
    your strengths and weaknesses
    32)what would you do if your boss makes advances at you?
    33)headlines in Canada and Japan
    34)name one challenge that you have overcome
    35)how would you get your students to be interested in your class
    36)[for ALTs with some degree of jpns fluency] why didn't you apply for CIR? (very tricky question)
    37)what do you want to get out of the JET Program
    38)Why do you want to be on the JET Program?
    39) What skills do you think an ALT needs? Or, what do you think makes a good ALT?
    40) How did you hear about the JET Programme?
    41) How did you first get interested in Japan?
    42) What would you do if you were groped on a train?
    43) What representative dish of your country would you bring to a dinner party?
    44) What would you do if you went to a class and the children started crying when they saw you?
    45) What would you do if a student asked you for your sizes (bust size etc)?
    46) What would you do if you were stuck in the middle of nowhere in the snow?
    47) You will probably have to work around people who smoke. Will this be a problem for you?
    4 You will be asked to attend enkais where people drink. It is an important part of Japanese culture. What will you do? Will you drink?
    49) What are your future plans and how do you see JET contributing towards them?
    50) You may encounter JETs from other countries who dislike your country, how will you deal with this?
    51) How would you use your vacation time?
    52) What would you do to motivate students / what would you do if your students were falling asleep?
    53) What would you do if the JTE asked you to pronounce and spell in an American way?
    54) What would you do if you were the only foreigner in your small town?
    55) What will you do if you were required to perform activities in what you considered to be your own time?
    56) How do you think Japanese people and American people differ?
    57) What would you do if the town held a fair and you were asked to put up a display of American culture?
    5 What cultural activities do you want to take part in?
    59) How will you deal with culture shock?
    60) What would you do if a student told you “all
    61) What would you say are the two biggest factors affecting Japanese society today?
    62) How do you see yourself being different from someone else applying for the JET Program?
    63) Have you always felt comfortable living in your own country?
    64) Please teach us about an American holiday of your choice.
    65) If you were responsible for forming some kind of after-school English club, what kind would you form?
    66) What do you think about eating whale?
    67) What would you do if a teacher at your school used you like a tape recorder in class and asked you to sit in a corner when you weren’t being used?
    6 Do you want to learn Japanese?
    69) How much Japanese can you speak?
    70) What would you say is the most important thing about teaching?
    71) Define American culture.
    72) If you had to plan a one-hour lesson about Valentine’s Day, what would you do?
    73) What books have you read lately?
    74) Why did you choose to apply to the JET Program?
    75) What if you get placed at the other end of the country to where you want to go? Would you still accept the position?
    76) What sort of activities would you get involved with in your spare time?
    77) If you had to show Japanese tourists two things in America what would they be?
    7 What would you do if your JTE said they were cancelling your carefully planned lesson in favour of just reading from the textbook?
    79) Please do a self-introduction in Japanese.
    80) Name the four main islands of Japan.
    81) What Japanese authors do you like?
    82) What movie would you show to a class of 14 year olds?
    83) Describe yourself in three words.
    84) Tell us about your work and how it relates to the JET Program.
    85) How will you prepare for your time in the JET Program?
    86) How often do you deal with children? / What experience have you had with children?
    87) How could you get an inflexible, old-fashioned teacher to incorporate new teaching methods in the classroom?
    8 What would you say if you had to give a speech about the atomic bombing of Japan?
    89) What would you do if the JTE had to suddenly leave the classroom and you were alone?
    90) If you could introduce any person dead or alive to your class, who would it be?
    91) What would I do if talk of Americans being racist came up?
    92) What would you do if you got lost?
    93) If you had to give a speech about your country, what are three possible topics?
    94) What would you use to present a speech on America? What resources? Why?
    95) You have a good job, why would you want to leave that job and work in Japan?
    96) Won’t JET cause you to fall behind in your career?
    97) How would you feel about being placed in a rural area?
    9 What would do you do if your supervisor did not speak English?
    99) Can you tell us about a time you were in an alien situation and how you adapted well to it?
    100) What are the problems facing Japanese students / schools today?
    101) What annoys you about the Japanese people?
    102) What would you do if you saw a teacher hitting a student?
    103) What will you do if you live in a town 3 hours away from the next English speaker?
    104) What will you do if you have a stalker?
    105) What will you do if your teacher ignores you?
    106) What will you do if your students hate you?
    107) What will you do if you get sick?
    108) What will you do if you make no friends?
    109) What will you do if you are homesick?
    110) What travel experience do you have?
    111) What teaching experience do you have?
    112)Will you still accept the position if you get placed in Okinawa or Kagoshima etc? How would you feel living in a rural area?
    113)How would you deal with a student who was (for example) putting makeup on in class time?
    114)What can you bring to the JET program?
    115)Can you tell us about a time you were in an alien situation and how you dealt with it?
    116)What would you do if your JTE went to class and left you in the teacher's lounge by yourself?
    117) What interests you about the Japanese culture?
    118) Why did you choose the JET programme over other options?
    119) What is the main purpose of the JET programme?
    120) How would you react if a student refused to participate?
    121) How would you deal with a co-worker who was rude or mean to you?
    122) What would you do if you were asked to change your hair or manner of dress?
    123) Why should we choose you over someone else with similar teaching experience?
    124) What experience do you have with Japanese history/culture?
    125) What are the highlights of your international experience?
    126) What have you done or participated in that proves your flexibility?
    127) Describe your teaching style.
    128) What would you say are the problems affecting Japanese schools today?
    129) What would you do if you were the only foreigner in your small town?
    130) Can you tell us about a time you were in an alien situation and how you dealt with it?
    131) Explain how to play American-style football.
    132) What are some historical encounters between Japan and the West?
    133) What are historical high points or famous people from America that you would emphasize?
    134) What are the questions you would like to ask us?
    135) What is a recent news story or scandal from Japan?
    136) How do you plan to learn Japanese in Japan?
    137) Why interrupt your current life plans to take a year or three in Japan?
    138) How long do you plan to stay?
    139) Why Japan and not another Asian or Eastern country?
    140) How would you respond to someone making rude comments about your girlfriend/wife?
    141) What is your current perception of Japan?
    142) What if the males in the office gave you a hard time about making tea? (men) -OR- what if they expected you to do it? (women)
    143) What will you teach students specifically about your state?
    144) How do you expect education to be different from American education?
    145) What American holiday is your favorite, and why?
    146)Name some recent Japanese innovations.
    147)How would you respond if you were asked to serve tea at the office?
    148)Who are some famous Japanese people?
    149)Give us an example of something representative of American culture. How would you teach it to your students?

    And these ones come from the wonderful people here at ITIL:


    1.(If you have been to Japan before) "What was the worst thing about Japan?"
    2. What would you do if a member of staff invited to to go to an onsen with them?
    3. Explain why your GPA is so low? (If it is low...)
    4. Why do you want to be in the JET Program?
    5. Why do you want to teach in Japan?
    6. How do you see yourself being different from someone else applying for the JET Program?
    7. How will you present America to the Japanese?
    8. Name one challenge that you have overcome.
    9. What are your future plans and how do you see JET contributing towards them?
    10. How will you prepare for your time in the JET Program?
    11. How often do you deal with children? / What experience have you had with children?
    12. Can you tell us about a time you were in an alien situation and how you adapted well to it?
    13. What do you want to get out of the JET Program?
    14. What aspects of American culture would you like to share?
    15. "If you were to teach a song to a bunch of middle schoolers, how would you go about doing so?"


    Here's the questions database from the Yahoo group. (Thanks Dynamis)

    BASICS

    Why do you want to join the JET program?

    If you have a specific region requested - why did you request it?

    From Interview for 2004, London: What's in the Japanese news at the moment?

    What do you know about Japan?

    If you are reapplying to the JET program, why do you think you did not get accepted last time? What have you done to improve your chances this time?

    Give the committee a 60 second (or more) introduction about yourself as you might use when presenting yourself to a class for the first time.

    Are you familiar with the Japanese language? What do you know?

    What was the last book you read?

    Who is your favorite author? Why?

    From London ALT interview: Name three influential Britons and explain how and why you think they are important.

    If you specified a preference for assignment to a specific region, why?

    From Edmonton: How long have you been interested in Japan? Why Japan and not Spain, Brazil, etc. ?

    From Edmonton: If you don't have a teaching degree or background, why do you wish to pursue teaching for a career?

    From Perth Interview WA 04: What do you think your role is as an ALT?

    From Houston, TX: What volunteer activities are you involved in?

    Have you ever travelled to or lived in Japan? If so, where? For how long?

    CULTURE

    If you are a vegetarian, how would you handle a situation where you are the guest of a government official or program representative who serves you a meal which consists mainly of meat dishes?

    How would you respond if someone asked for your opinion on your country's leader?

    Your supervisor/boss comments that you have rather large earrings; you notice that none of your coworkers are wearing earrings. What do you say? What do you do?

    Describe an instance where you have helped someone learn something they were unfamiliar with.

    From JET Program Guide: A local farmer confronts you and accuses you and your country with responsibility for the demise of his farm and his livelihood. What do you do?

    Tell the committee something about your culture (tradition, holiday, etc.) What do you do? Who celebrates it? What is the history behind it?

    From U.K. - 2004: Name a famous Japanese sports figure or celebrity.

    From JET-L Mail List: Your boss invites you and your coworkers for a night out drinking after work, but you either do not drink or are not in the mood for going out. What do you say? What do you do?

    From London: What do you think of the Japanes conduct in World War II?

    What kind of experience do you have with living abroad?

    From Edmonton: What is the Prime Minister's (of Japan) name?

    From Edmonton: What is the population of Japan?

    From Edmonton: How would you teach about native people and buffalo to Japanese schoolchildren?

    From Edmonton: What would you do if you entered a road race and your were told that: (a) you couldn't participate because you are a woman -or- (b) you had to be at school on a Sunday and only given a day's notice.

    From Edmonton : Can you sleep on a Japanese tatami?

    From Edmonton: Can you use a Japanese toilet?

    From Edmonton: Sing the Canadian (or your own nation's) antem right now in your chair!

    From Edmonton: Who is the Emperor?

    From Edmonton: What Japanese cultural activities do you want to do in Japan and why?

    Describe a situation where dealing with a different culture made things awkward or uncomfortable. What did you do?

    From Edmonton: What international experience/travelling do you have?

    What Japanese news story are you currently following?

    From London: If you could take 3 historical people from the U.K. to Japan to help teach the students, who would you take?

    From London: If you were to explain to a Japanese person the difference between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland?

    From London: Where would you take a group of Japanese students if they have already been to London, Oxford and Stratford upon Avon?

    From London: Who is a good ambassador for Britain today?

    From Edinburgh: Where in Japan would you like to go on holiday?

    From Perth Interview WA 04: What Australian Culture would you like to share with Japanese ppl?

    From Perth Interview WA 04: What do you think is different about the Japanese culture apart from the language, that you might find difficult to adjust to?

    From Houston, TX: Can you eat Japanese foods like sushi?

    From Houston, TX: How will you try to break through the gaijin perception and become part of your community?

    From Houston, TX: What aspect of Japanese culture would you find hardest to adapt to? What aspect would you find easiest?

    From Edinburgh: Who is the leader of the conservative party?

    From Edinburgh, 2004: What is the population of the UK?

    MISC

    What will you do if you are not accepted into the JET program this year?

    There are many programs out there for teaching in Japan; why do you wish to pursue an assignment with JET?

    From Houston, TX: What do you know about Japan's involvement in the Iraq situation?

    From Houston, TX: If you had to choose one lesson from American history to teach a Japanese class, what would it be?

    Brisbane CIR interview: Have you seen the movie "The Last Samurai"? Who is your favourite Japanese movie star????

    TEACHING

    From Interview for 2004, London: JTE hardly uses you at all, and you have some great ideas during the lesson, what do you do?

    From Interview for 2004, London: What makes a lesson successful?

    How do you distinguish and explain the use of "the" and "a/an" to a student?

    What would you do if you were teaching in front of a class where most of the students appeared bored, was sleeping or doing something else like reading manga?

    Situation: you already have plans for the upcoming weekend, but your boss tells you that the school needs you to be available for the weekend to support a school activity; what do you do?

    Your teaching partner does not show up for class; what do you do?

    Describe a situation where you had to play the role as a teacher. What did you do? What did you learn from the experience?

    You catch a student cheating on homework or an exam. What do you do?

    A student or group of students are clearly not paying attention and are disrupting the rest of the class during your lesson (talking loudly, not paying attention, etc.) What do you do?

    Situation: You have a lot of great ideas for teaching class but the JTE only wants to use you as a tape recorder. What do you do?

    From Edmonton: What experience do you have working with children?

    Please demonstrate a mini-lesson on diversity in America; you have five minutes.

    How would you explain about 9-11 to other students?

    From London: What would you do with a class of 40 students to make them all talk in 30 minutes?

    Perform for us a short lesson (impromptu) on a basic concept in English grammar.

    From Perth Interview WA 04: You Have no teaching exp, how will you cope?

    What kind of experience do you have with teaching?

    From Houston, TX: What age groups do you have experience teaching to?

    From Houston, TX: What would be your greatest strengths as a teacher? Your greatest weaknesses?

    Your accompanying instructor contradicts you during class but is obviously incorrect - how do you handle this situation?

    From Singapore, 2004: There are 4 Japanese teachers that you work with. All were doing well except for one with which you have problems. How would you attempt to remedy the situation?
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    1.(If you have been to Japan before "What was the worst thing about Japan?"
    2. What would you do if a member of staff invited to to go to an onsen with them?

    (p.s. it may well happen, i was taken by 2 of my supervisors on my first day in the prefecture so they could "check out the new girl")

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    Yeah i was pretty stoked when i found it too!!! Made me feel a whole hell of alot better during my interview...i spent my days walking my beat while going through answers to these questions in my head (cause there was nothing else to do...shit never happens at a univeristy)...after reading it i felt that there wasnt much they could ask me that could blindside me...some of these questions were pretty damn good!!!

    V did you get asked those questions? Or are those questions youd ask if you were interviewing?
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    I wonder how many Japanese people know those answers?
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    V did you get asked those questions? Or are those questions youd ask if you were interviewing?
    i was asked Q1 but not Q2. however I had heard of other people being asked about the onsen and it did happen to me as soon as i arrived in my prefecture!!

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    Cool, well theyve been added thanks for your input!! :-)
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    "Explain why your GPA is so low"

    This was asked to a friend of mine whose GPA was 2.6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_X
    "Explain why your GPA is so low"

    This was asked to a friend of mine whose GPA was 2.6.
    Thats like a C+ isnt it?...the way my uni worked 2.8 or 2.9 was a borderline B- ...so a 2.6 would be somewhere around the average level...and the program looks towards hiring "above average" people...how successful they are is debatable...

    What was your friends major? Some majors are harder than others...

    Still...a good question none the less...Ill stick it up top!!
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    My interview opened with:

    "If you were writing a quiz, and had to summarise the differences between British culture and Japanese culture in the form of a single question, what would that question be?"

    10 months later, I still can't find a decent answer to that one.

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    Yes, that was more or less what I thought about it. Unfortunately, they kind of wanted a serious answer. I ended up mumbling some awful banality - I can' even remember what it was, it was so bad.

    This was the same interview panel who's method of quizzing me about my placement choices was to ignore my first choice (Hokkaido) - except for mentioning that "It is very cold there" whilst the non-English speaking guy made shivering motions - and asking me numerous, detailed questions about my third choice, half of which I couldn't really answer.

    ...and remember, kiddies, I still got on the programme (even if it was via the alternate list), so no matter how crappy your interview is, there's still hope.

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    right now my gpa is 3.23, and when i graduated from community college my gpa there was 3.4 and i got my associates cum laude. but - and this is a big but - my very first semester in college i kinda went a little crazy going to concerts/clubbing/partying/etc and i got 3 Fs and withdrew from 1 class. :smt030 my gpa that semester was 0.00!! since then i've done really well, getting mostly As and Bs. sooo...if i get to the interview stage do you think they'll ask me why i did so badly that one semester? or maybe they'll just ignore it and look at everything else i've done? :?:
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    My gpa is good (3.2) but I'd withdraw from a course at least once per semester, which looks really bad when you think about it. My only answer is that I had a pretty tough life back then. Every week, I'd litterally have to make a choice between paying for school or paying my rent... or eating. My college years were the lowest years of my life, and that made it difficult to get through school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curstilace
    ...if i get to the interview stage do you think they'll ask me why i did so badly that one semester? or maybe they'll just ignore it and look at everything else i've done? :?:
    It really depends on how you spin it. If it was your first semester in a new place, you can say something like, the transition between the two systems was difficult, etc... But if go that route, be prepared to describe how you've overcome it, as they will likely point out that the transition to Japan will be difficult too!

    My advice (to everyone), is that you should think about all the potentially negative things the interview panel could focus on, and devise a solid strategy for presenting them in a positive light. Even if 99% of the stuff never comes up, the fact that you are prepared for most things will give you an enormous boost to your confidence.

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    Here's the questions database from the Yahoo group.

    BASICS

    Why do you want to join the JET program?

    If you have a specific region requested - why did you request it?

    From Interview for 2004, London: What's in the Japanese news at the moment?

    What do you know about Japan?

    If you are reapplying to the JET program, why do you think you did not get accepted last time? What have you done to improve your chances this time?

    Give the committee a 60 second (or more) introduction about yourself as you might use when presenting yourself to a class for the first time.

    Are you familiar with the Japanese language? What do you know?

    What was the last book you read?

    Who is your favorite author? Why?

    From London ALT interview: Name three influential Britons and explain how and why you think they are important.

    If you specified a preference for assignment to a specific region, why?

    From Edmonton: How long have you been interested in Japan? Why Japan and not Spain, Brazil, etc. ?

    From Edmonton: If you don't have a teaching degree or background, why do you wish to pursue teaching for a career?

    From Perth Interview WA 04: What do you think your role is as an ALT?

    From Houston, TX: What volunteer activities are you involved in?

    Have you ever travelled to or lived in Japan? If so, where? For how long?

    CULTURE

    If you are a vegetarian, how would you handle a situation where you are the guest of a government official or program representative who serves you a meal which consists mainly of meat dishes?

    How would you respond if someone asked for your opinion on your country's leader?

    Your supervisor/boss comments that you have rather large earrings; you notice that none of your coworkers are wearing earrings. What do you say? What do you do?

    Describe an instance where you have helped someone learn something they were unfamiliar with.

    From JET Program Guide: A local farmer confronts you and accuses you and your country with responsibility for the demise of his farm and his livelihood. What do you do?

    Tell the committee something about your culture (tradition, holiday, etc.) What do you do? Who celebrates it? What is the history behind it?

    From U.K. - 2004: Name a famous Japanese sports figure or celebrity.

    From JET-L Mail List: Your boss invites you and your coworkers for a night out drinking after work, but you either do not drink or are not in the mood for going out. What do you say? What do you do?

    From London: What do you think of the Japanes conduct in World War II?

    What kind of experience do you have with living abroad?

    From Edmonton: What is the Prime Minister's (of Japan) name?

    From Edmonton: What is the population of Japan?

    From Edmonton: How would you teach about native people and buffalo to Japanese schoolchildren?

    From Edmonton: What would you do if you entered a road race and your were told that: (a) you couldn't participate because you are a woman -or- (b) you had to be at school on a Sunday and only given a day's notice.

    From Edmonton : Can you sleep on a Japanese tatami?

    From Edmonton: Can you use a Japanese toilet?

    From Edmonton: Sing the Canadian (or your own nation's) antem right now in your chair!

    From Edmonton: Who is the Emperor?

    From Edmonton: What Japanese cultural activities do you want to do in Japan and why?

    Describe a situation where dealing with a different culture made things awkward or uncomfortable. What did you do?

    From Edmonton: What international experience/travelling do you have?

    What Japanese news story are you currently following?

    From London: If you could take 3 historical people from the U.K. to Japan to help teach the students, who would you take?

    From London: If you were to explain to a Japanese person the difference between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland?

    From London: Where would you take a group of Japanese students if they have already been to London, Oxford and Stratford upon Avon?

    From London: Who is a good ambassador for Britain today?

    From Edinburgh: Where in Japan would you like to go on holiday?

    From Perth Interview WA 04: What Australian Culture would you like to share with Japanese ppl?

    From Perth Interview WA 04: What do you think is different about the Japanese culture apart from the language, that you might find difficult to adjust to?

    From Houston, TX: Can you eat Japanese foods like sushi?

    From Houston, TX: How will you try to break through the gaijin perception and become part of your community?

    From Houston, TX: What aspect of Japanese culture would you find hardest to adapt to? What aspect would you find easiest?

    From Edinburgh: Who is the leader of the conservative party?

    From Edinburgh, 2004: What is the population of the UK?

    MISC

    What will you do if you are not accepted into the JET program this year?

    There are many programs out there for teaching in Japan; why do you wish to pursue an assignment with JET?

    From Houston, TX: What do you know about Japan's involvement in the Iraq situation?

    From Houston, TX: If you had to choose one lesson from American history to teach a Japanese class, what would it be?

    Brisbane CIR interview: Have you seen the movie "The Last Samurai"? Who is your favourite Japanese movie star????

    TEACHING

    From Interview for 2004, London: JTE hardly uses you at all, and you have some great ideas during the lesson, what do you do?

    From Interview for 2004, London: What makes a lesson successful?

    How do you distinguish and explain the use of "the" and "a/an" to a student?

    What would you do if you were teaching in front of a class where most of the students appeared bored, was sleeping or doing something else like reading manga?

    Situation: you already have plans for the upcoming weekend, but your boss tells you that the school needs you to be available for the weekend to support a school activity; what do you do?

    Your teaching partner does not show up for class; what do you do?

    Describe a situation where you had to play the role as a teacher. What did you do? What did you learn from the experience?

    You catch a student cheating on homework or an exam. What do you do?

    A student or group of students are clearly not paying attention and are disrupting the rest of the class during your lesson (talking loudly, not paying attention, etc.) What do you do?

    Situation: You have a lot of great ideas for teaching class but the JTE only wants to use you as a tape recorder. What do you do?

    From Edmonton: What experience do you have working with children?

    Please demonstrate a mini-lesson on diversity in America; you have five minutes.

    How would you explain about 9-11 to other students?

    From London: What would you do with a class of 40 students to make them all talk in 30 minutes?

    Perform for us a short lesson (impromptu) on a basic concept in English grammar.

    From Perth Interview WA 04: You Have no teaching exp, how will you cope?

    What kind of experience do you have with teaching?

    From Houston, TX: What age groups do you have experience teaching to?

    From Houston, TX: What would be your greatest strengths as a teacher? Your greatest weaknesses?

    Your accompanying instructor contradicts you during class but is obviously incorrect - how do you handle this situation?

    From Singapore, 2004: There are 4 Japanese teachers that you work with. All were doing well except for one with which you have problems. How would you attempt to remedy the situation?


    The above questions are in the Application / Interview sticky, which has now been moved to the correct forum.
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    Your supervisor/boss comments that you have rather large earrings; you notice that none of your coworkers are wearing earrings. What do you say? What do you do?

    hah. how do i answer this question when i'm wearing 1 inch plugs? do i mention buddha's lobes, or how lobe stretching was an ancient japanese practice?
    The discussion on the above question has been split to its own topic: http://www.ithinkimlost.com/modules....ewtopic&t=3060 Please reply there.
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    when I was preparing for my interview, in addition to studying the longer question lists like those posted above, I compiled this shorter list of 'the biggies'- the common sort of interview questions I was sure I'd be asked, in one form or another. in my interview I was asked questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9.

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    1. Why do you want to be in the JET Program?

    2. Why do you want to teach in Japan?

    3. How do you see yourself being different from someone else applying for the JET Program?

    4. How will you present America to the Japanese?

    5. Name one challenge that you have overcome.

    6. What are your future plans and how do you see JET contributing towards them?

    7. How will you prepare for your time in the JET Program?

    8. How often do you deal with children? / What experience have you had with children?

    9. Can you tell us about a time you were in an alien situation and how you adapted well to it?

    10. What do you want to get out of the JET Program?

    11. What aspects of American culture would you like to share?

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    I'm a qualified primary school teacher, so I was asked a lot about whether I was willing to be an assistant and not be in charge, how I would feel about this, and how I would deal with a Japanese team teacher whose teaching style is very different from mine.

    Last year I was told before the interview they are often reluctant to hire qualified teachers because they are worried how they will cope/act. So, I emphasised that while I thought being a teacher meant I had a lot of ideas I would love to share, I thought the role of assistant was the best role for me because I don't have the knowledge of Japan education and the students like the JTE. They seemed to like that.

    Also, in addition to what questions you'll be asked by them, think about a good question to ask the interviewers.

    Are there any qualified teachers out there applying? Good luck to you!

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    I got the same question due to my EFL experience. I told them it would be nice to have less responsibility for a change!

    How the hell did I get this job? :?:
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    As a qualified/experienced teacher it is a shock to the system to see how poor teaching/classroom management is here... (in my situation anyway). Just about every part of school life is shocking to me... actually, I think my schools would be shocking to anyone, let alone a real teacher ALT!

    Charlie B - I'm interested in your perspective having taught before.
    Where did you teach before? How do you find your teachers? Do they respect the fact you are a teacher?

    I have respect from one or two teachers but a few are threatened by this I think. Pervy (stares at me all day) woman is the only teacher who calls me Hannah san rather than Hannah "sensei" Maybe I am paranoid, but I think she does it on purpose.

    I would be quite happy being assistant if I didn't think I could do a better job than the teachers here... God, maybe I have got too big for my boots (which would explain why my indoor boots are coming apart at the seems!)
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    I am 27, but just now finishing my degree in elementary education (student teaching in 2nd grade). I have applied for the 2006 JET program. After reading that last post, I'm kind of scared now. Have other ALT's had similar experiences? Are there any certified teacher ALT's who haven't had such bad experiences? I would hate to get over there and be miserable!!

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